Strategic Initiative


National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures— NALAC
$25,000
San Antonio, Texas
2024

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a professional organization that serves the US Latino arts and cultural sector via funding, leadership training, convenings, research, and advocacy. The grant supports NALAC’s first regional workshop in Chicago, an event tailored to the needs and interests of area artists/administrators across disciplines but also designed to promote national connections. Workshop plans and content are informed by a local advisory committee and findings from a survey of Latinx/e arts workers to understand how the convening can add value to the Chicago area, as well as grasp what skills and information are needed and who are the potential speakers from whom respondents want to learn. 

Grantmakers in the Arts
$25,000
Bronx, New York
2024

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), a national professional organization that provides professional development and resources for arts grantmakers, is holding its annual conference in Chicago in October 2024. This grant offsets speaker fees. Shaped by a local committee, the conference comprises four days of sessions as well as cultural programs and tours at cultural sites identified by the committee. The critical goals of the conference are to advance racial equity in arts funding, connect funders to the larger national arts grantmaking ecosystem, and introduce funders from around the nation to local creative communities. 

College Art Association
$25,000
New York, New York
2024

CAA promotes the visual arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. As the largest professional convening of artists, art historians, students, designers, curators, and visual art professionals in the United States for over a century, the CAA Annual Conference is a unique space for dialogue, engagement, and professional development in the field of American art.  

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
$75,000
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
2024

Anila Quayyum Agha: Interwoven surveys two decades of the artist’s practice across a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, embroidery, painting, and drawing, and represents the most comprehensive exhibition to date of this Pakistani American visual artist. 

Portland Museum of Art
$75,000
Portland, Maine
2024

Jeremy Frey: Woven commemorates the artistic achievements of a celebrated Indigenous basket maker. Presenting more than 50 of Frey’s baskets from 25 lenders, the exhibition opens at the Portland Museum of Art before traveling to both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

Michigan State University Museum
$75,000
East Lansing, Michigan
2024

IT’S MORE THAN A QUILLBOX”/“Ooshme Gaawiyekaajigan aawon is a bilingual (English and Anishinaabemowin) exhibition on Anishinaabe quillwork art at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. 

Alaska Native Heritage Center
$75,000
Anchorage, Alaska
2024

The Nacheyakda’ina Exhibition Project (nacheyakda’ina means “our ancestors” in the Dena’ina Athabascan language) delves into themes such as the rich artistic traditions of Indigenous peoples throughout the state of Alaska, the introduction of colonialism there, and the ongoing impacts of assimilative colonial institutions on contemporary Indigenous life. 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
$100,000
Washington, District of Columbia
2024

Adam Pendleton is a multidisciplinary exploration of the artist’s practice, in which he uses text and images to recontextualize histories of Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. 

El Museo del Barrio
$100,000
New York, New York
2024

Candida Alvarez: Circle, Point, Hoop is the artist’s first large-scale museum survey exhibition, examining her practice over a span of more than forty years and including works rarely or never before seen. 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
$100,000
Bentonville, Arkansas
2024

Knowing the West presents works by Indigenous artists from more than 35 distinct tribal nations and by nonNative artists in order to recontextualize historical artworks, encourage deeper exploration of a familiar topic, and celebrate the rich cultures that reflect the complexity of the American West. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
$100,000
New York, New York
2024

Making Home: Smithsonian Design Triennial explores contemporary perspectives on the theme of home throughout the United States, its territories, and tribal nations. It features 25 site-related commissions in which artists, architects, and designers transform the museum’s historic Carnegie Mansion into a canvas for creative expression. Each work is historically constructed and grounded in specific social, political, and economic contexts. 

Spencer Museum of Art
$125,000
Lawrence, Kansas
2024

STREET NIHONGA: The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani explores the art of painter and collagist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani (19202012).